Off-The-Wall News

The world has gone crazy. At least a good portion of the population has, that is. Reading the news everyday tends to make me shake my head in disbelief. It’s like, who can come up with the most insane story?

Aside from all the political brouhaha, much of this insanity has to do with minions on Social Media, and madness spawned on the Internet. Let’s examine just a few examples.

Take the #BirdBoxChallenge, for instance, which developed from Netflix’s recent movie, Bird Box: a film about a supernatural entity that induces individuals to kill themselves if seen by them. The main characters wear blindfolds to keep from meeting their maker.

Soon after the flick’s release, crazies on Social Media began posting images and videos of themselves, doing everyday tasks while blindfolded, tagging their nonsense with #BirdBoxChallenge. Here are some instances from Twitter:

Netflix, a subscription-based, Internet movie-streaming service, tweeted the following, post haste upon finding out about this foolish behavior:

Then there’s the Momo Challenge.

Momo

According to Wikipedia:

The Momo Challange is an alleged form of cyberbullying that spreads through social media and cellphones. After phone users are enticed to contact a user named “Momo,” they receive graphic threats from the user and are instructed to perform a series of dangerous tasks.

Despite claims that the phenomenon was reaching worldwide proportions in July of 2018, the number of actual complaints is relatively small, and no police force has confirmed that anyone was actually harmed.

The following clip explains this dangerous anomaly a little further:

CBS in Philadelphia states:

According to cyber experts, the challenge is nothing but a hoax that aims at stealing personal data and torturing children physically and mentally.

Some police departments have also reported “Momo” copycats.

Police say children should never respond to unidentified messages on social media and parents should advise their children to never share personal data, photographs or phone numbers on the internet.

In Brick Township, NJ, parents recently reported their experiences with the Momo Challenge. According to the Asbury Park Press:

“My son … was told by (another student) that if he did not commit suicide, Momo would come to his house at 3 a.m. and stab him in the face,” a father of one student wrote in an email to school administrators. “My son refuses to sleep alone in his room because he is so traumatized by this. He is 6. He still believes in Santa for god sake.” 

Cadillac XLR

In other off-the-wall news, a 75-year-old man from Cleveland was trapped in a 2006 Cadillac XLR for 14 hours. Once in the vehicle, the hapless fellow discovered the battery was dead and couldn’t exit the car due to the exclusive use of an electric button to activate the latch for opening the door.

Unbeknownst to the individual, a manual door release was located on the floor next to the driver’s seat, and a notation about it was printed in the owner’s manual, which he later claimed not to have read.

“I came to the conclusion that I was going to die. I was at peace with it. I asked God to help me twice, then I said, ‘OK, God, if this is the way I’m supposed to die, I will die,'” he said to reporters.

“At one point, the victim wrote a note to his nephew explaining what happened if he ended up dying,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

A neighbor saved him, investigating why the garage door was open late at night, after which the former notified police, who dispatched emergency personnel. They charged the battery in order for the electric door-latch opener to operate and allow the relieved man to get out.

The lesson to be learned here is to always read your owner’s manual.

January 10th was the third anniversary of David Bowie’s death, for which I remixed a tribute made for his one-year, to get rid of latency, or mistiming amongst all the tracks. Allow me to share it here. Response to my Social Media postings for it was like the silence one hears in the dead of night. At least I like it:

David Bowie’s Cat People

Thanks again for stopping by, and for your continued support.

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About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at Lulu.com.
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